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Memorandum for General Arnold
June 2, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Please look at the attached suggestion of General Frank McCoy following his trip around South America. I attach his map which he wishes to have returned.
How would it be to send a radio to General Van Voorhis asking that he radio us Frank Andrews’ comments? If there is anything to it, we can probably bring about an importance improvement of the field from here. Also, the thought occurred to me that we might take over Hugh Wells, give him a commission, find his line or something of that sort if it is of sufficient importance.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Hugh Wells was a United States citizen who owned and operated a freight airline from Iquitos, Peru. According to McCoy, the Peruvian government had recently taken over his airline and intended to appoint Wells as director of civil aviation. McCoy suggested that the War Department encourage pro-United States airlines in Brazil to extend their operations through Iquitos to Lima, Peru, to counter the possibility of German expansion into that country. (“Casual Comments on Military Attaches and their work in South American Countries,” enclosed in McCoy to Marshall, May 29, 1941, LC/F. R. McCoy Papers.) In his recommendations to the War Department, Andrews agreed with McCoy that pro-United States airlines should expand into Iquitos and the Amazon Valley. Andrews also recommended supporting Wells, but had doubts about his business acumen. (Andrews to McCoy, June 16, 1941, LC/F. M. Andrews Papers.)
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 521-522.